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Did the UK Govt Quietly Change Its COVID Vaccination Advice For Pregnant Women After Recommending It For Two Years?

Since two years now, UK government officials and the National Health Service (NHS) have been recommending that pregnant women get the COVID vaccine. The vaccine, they say, is safe.

Last updated on 11 April 2022, the guide from the UK Health Security Agency currently says “COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.”

But another government website (last updated on 16 August 2022) is currently saying that vaccine safety cannot be guaranteed for pregnant and breast-feeding women.

“In the context of supply under Regulation 174, it is considered that sufficient reassurance of safe use of the vaccine in pregnant women cannot be provided at the present time”, the website reads.

“Women who are breastfeeding should also not be vaccinated.”

TracyK2017 on Twitter recently claimed that the government advice has been quietly changed, without notice. Her account has been suspended since then, probably due to the tweet.

But critics say the document has not in fact been changed. The wayback machine shows no changes since March 2021.

Interestingly, however, the crucial “Toxicity conclusions” advising against vaccination in pregnant and breastfeeding women is not included in the list of updates in the summary report of the Regulatory approval of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19.

What is going on?

Recently, Carrie Johnson, the wife of outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, publicly urged pregnant women to get vaccinated.

In a tweet on 20 Nov 2021, British Health Minister Sajid Javid said “Almost all pregnant women admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. The best way to protect yourself and your baby is to get the vaccine.”

In a message on 21 October 2021, the NHS encouraged pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS continues to recommend the vaccine for them.

The message on the UK government website advising against vaccine raises many questions.

Has the government indeed quietly changed its vaccination advice for pregnant and breastfeeding? Could the rising number of vaccination damage and stillbirths be a reason?

Why are other UK government websites, as well as the NHS, continuing to recommend the vaccine for pregnant women when one government website admits that “sufficient reassurance” on vaccine safety “cannot be provided at this time”?

Why is the British government giving contradictory information?

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